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What do you think?

I thought of this yesterday as I was cleaning up after helping a friend do a bottom stripping job and while I was standing in the shower and trying to clean all the blue dust from my face.

As anybody who has sanded off any bottom paint knows, its a dirty job; one that requires a proper resperator and eye protection. But no matter how much protection you have for your lungs and your eyes, the blue dust gets everywhere. The clean up of your face can be a job in itself.

I was thinking as I showered yesterday, what if I had applied a thin layer of Vaseline to my face before I started working. I would think the film of gel would have aided a great deal in cleaning when the work was done.

Has anybody tried this? What do you think? Dumb idea, why bother, or hey that sounds like it might work?
Please, only those who have been there respond. If you have never been under a boat sanding off multiple layers of bottom paint, in my opinion, its something that every boat owner needs to experience. Than try and clean up.
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What I think? I would not bother if I were you. You would look good as a smurf!
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I thought of this yesterday as I was cleaning up after helping a friend do a bottom stripping job and while I was standing in the shower and trying to clean all the blue dust from my face..
Wow, you gotta read that first paragragh carefully. You were helping your friend work on his boat, right?
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Wow, you gotta read that first paragragh carefully. You were helping your friend work on his boat, right?
Would it have made any difference if I forgot to mention that the friend was a female?
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Would it have made any difference if I forgot to mention that the friend was a female?
But then I gotta wonder......what's the blue stuff?
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I used a painters suit with a hood purchased at Northern Tool. This along with a painters stocking cap worked well and I never had a problem with gtting the dust on my skin.
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Basically, Sailchick recruited him and Sway into helping strip the old bottom paint off of her boat...

I keep telling them that they need to get the full face respirators and look like a bad B-grade scifi movie cast extra with their tyvek suit and full face mask, but no... they have to be macho and get the blue paint all over their faces...

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How much is one of those things?

And btw, don't tell sway about this. He said the chemicals didn't bother him. I think his brain cells are too damaged to notice the difference. His response will be, whats the big deal.
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I think Dog's answer is the correct one but I will share this. Long ago I worked for a tire manufacturer in a part of the factory where airborne lampblack was a problem. It got everywhere including face and hands. Clean up was accomplished by using pertroleum jelly, and the wise workers would pre-treat with before his shift to make after-work clean-up easier.
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So Im not that crazy.
Thanks MGM. I agree, Dogs full face respirator looks a lot better.
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